Registering your Student ID card

Follow the instructions on the ID Registration computer screen to activate your card. Your Waikato username will be displayed; it will be a combination of your initials followed by a number. You will be asked to enter a password of 6 to 16 characters (both letters and numbers).

We recommend that you also choose a secret question and answer. Passwords expire after 180 days. You will be reminded via email and online announcements to change your password. If you don't change your password, your account will be locked and you will be unable to access it. If you can't access your account, please contact the ITS Service Desk at (07) 838 4008 or email

Once your student ID card is activated, an email will be sent (to your preferred email address) with a PIN for use with Waikato IT systems. If you are studying in Tauranga you will also be emailed a PIN for use on Toi Ohomai Institute of Technology (formerly Waiariki Bay of Plenty Polytechnic) campuses.

If you forget your Waikato pin:

Re-register your card at a Registration computer and the Waikato PIN will be emailed to you followed by the Toi Ohomai PIN.

Take care not to damage the magnetic strip:

On the back of the card or bend the card in any way. If you wish to attach the card to a key-ring, punch a hole only through the grey box shown on the card.

If you lose or damage your card:

A new one can be ordered at the Information Centres at the Windermere and Bongard Centre campuses or issued at the Student Information Centre on the Hamilton campus. You will be charged $10 for a new card, and your old card will be disabled so that others can't use it.